Legal Definition and Related Resources of Appropriate

Meaning of Appropriate

Set apart for or assign to a particular purpose, person or use, to the exclusion of others, as in to appropriate land for road widening purposes. To apply funds for a particular purpose, as when a creditor appropriates payments made to an earlier debt. To make a thing one’s own; to set-apart for or assign to a particular purpose, person or use.

Synonyms of Appropriate


  • accommodatiis
  • accordant
  • accurate
  • adapted to
  • admissible
  • applicable
  • apposite
  • apropos
  • apt
  • aptus
  • befitting
  • concordant
  • condign
  • conformable
  • congruens
  • congruous
  • consistent
  • consonant
  • correct
  • correspondent
  • exact
  • expedient
  • fit
  • fitting
  • germane
  • harmonious
  • meet
  • opportune
  • pertinent
  • practicable
  • precise
  • proper
  • relevant
  • right
  • rightful
  • seemly
  • suitable
  • suited
  • timely
  • wellsuited
  • Associated Concepts: appropriate bargaining unit
  • appropriate cause of action
  • appropriate remedy

Related Entries of Appropriate in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

Browse or run a search for Appropriate in the American Encyclopedia of Law, the Asian Encyclopedia of Law, the European Encyclopedia of Law, the UK Encyclopedia of Law or the Latin American and Spanish Encyclopedia of Law.

Appropriate in Historical Law

You might be interested in the historical meaning of this term. Browse or search for Appropriate in Historical Law in the Encyclopedia of Law.

Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

Search for legal acronyms and/or abbreviations containing Appropriate in the Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms Dictionary.

Related Legal Terms

You might be also interested in these legal terms:

Mentioned in these terms

Adopt, Allot, Apply, Bargaining Unit, Calling The Plaintiff, Comprehensive Zoning Plan, Confiscate, Confiscation, Court, Criminal, Dedication, Dissolution, Disturbance, Electric Utility Company, Forum Conveniens, Furnish, Judicial, Justiciable, Non-access, Open Contract, Possession, Reasonable, Reference, Require, , Testament.

What does Appropriate mean in American Law?

The definition of Appropriate in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

As an adjective, the term means fit, proper, assigned correctly to, as in “He took all appropriate means to effect service of process.”

For the verb form, see appropriation.







Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *